Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.
They said it would never lead to rationing. But rationing is already here. Under the latest assault by the Obama administration, they are rationing our rights. Tens of millions of Catholics—and tens of millions of the rest of us—are having our religious liberty crushed by the latest health care mandate from HHS. The legislation that President Obama signed with a flourish in 2010 was supported by not a single Republican. The election of 2010 resulted in a massive electoral “shellacking,” the president’s own word, that cost the Democrats their majority in the House and serious losses in thousands of state legislative contests. Ignoring all that, they advance.
The National Archives saluted the Fourth of July in 2010 with a breathless announcement. Just four months after Vice President Joe Biden hailed the signing of historic healthcare legislation as a “big [expletive deleted] deal,” the folks at the Archives told us that they had discovered a previously unnoticed correction in an early Thomas Jefferson draft of the Declaration of Independence. Young Mr. Jefferson had written the word “Subjects.” Then, he struck that word and penned the word “Citizens.”
The National Archives informed us meaningfully that this was the first time in American history that we were so called—Citizens. Will future Archivists be able to pinpoint the signing of Obamacare as that moment in time when we became Subjects once again?
What else can we be but Subjects if we have to go hat in hand to HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius for a waiver from Obamacare? Thousands of waivers have been granted. But not to the Catholic Bishops. Not to Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, or Missouri Synod Lutherans. We don’t qualify for waivers. You have to be a big union or a crony capitalist to qualify for waivers from this administration.
Do you recall: “If you like your current health care coverage, you can keep it”? President Obama cooed soothingly. Eighty-five percent of us did like the health care we had before Obamacare was thrust upon us. Now, if we keep our current plans, they will be unrecognizable. It’s like Henry Ford said: You can have any color Model T you want so long as it’s black.
This HHS health care mandate is the gravest assault on religious liberty in American history. We must legislate against it. We must sue in federal court. We must line up behind the twenty-six states that are already challenging Obamacare in federal court.